Why does Truth come third?

The excellent online mag Inside Story has asked my colleagues in the First Nations and Colonial Histories Centre at ACU to write a monthly column. This was my first contribution – a reflection on what the ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’ sequencing means for tellers of history.

When the Australian Historical Association met for its annual conference in the winter of 2019, the session that drew most delegates was entitled “Voice, Treaty, Truth: Australia’s Unfinished Business.” It featured three young Indigenous people speaking on behalf of the Uluru Statement from the Heart: unionist Thomas Mayor, lawyer Teela Reid and scholar Eddie Synot. Their passion and eloquence generated a charge in the hall that afternoon, straightening normally slumped backs and quietening usually gossipy cohorts…. Click here to see the rest.

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